Those predictions of the .45/70’s demise were premature, however. When Marlin started producing the Model 1895 in greater numbers back in 1972, that kicked off the renaissance of the .45/70. Some ammo makers also started loading the .45/70 to higher pressures with a broad variety of bullets that turned it into a true thumper for taking on the largest game. Many Alaska guides and bush pilots consider a short-barreled .45/70 stuffed with those hot loads ideal protection in bear country. For hunting, that combo is great for not only bears, but moose and other large critters. In fact, we’ve seen a growing trend of sportsmen traveling to Africa with lever-actions to use on large plains animals and even dangerous game, most notably Cape Buffalo.